Reflection: Station Rotation Applying Pythagoras' Theorem with 7 "Choice" Problems - Section 2: Application Gallery Walk


I find that grouping students homogeneously is helpful for students who would normally not participate actively in a heterogeneous group. As used in this lesson, giving students choices is another tactic that helps me to increase student participation. Allowing students to choose classroom tasks or assignments gives students more opportunity to show what they've learned and whether they've met the objectives.

For this lesson I created seven tasks to give students choice and to allow for some differentiation. I am often impressed by how good my students are at self-differentiating. Even when tasks deal with the same content, the solution can be more or less obvious. Confident students often choose to challenge themselves. Others choose to practice problems that they recognize as difficult for them. And of course, students always feel you are doing them a favor when given options to choose from. In my mind, I am only being fair. 

  Station Rotation: Giving Choices and Student Motivation
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Applying Pythagoras' Theorem with 7 "Choice" Problems

Unit 9: The Pythagorean Theorem
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: SWBAT apply the Pythagorean theorem to solve interesting problems, including some with 3-D figures.

Big Idea: At different stations in the room, students tackle abstract applications of the Pythagorean theorem.

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Math, Pythagorean Theroem, Pythagoras, word problems, three-dimensional objects, right triangle, stations, hypotenuse, Pythagorean Triples
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